CBS Bowing Boxed Set Releases of Current TV Shows4 Sep, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
CBS Home Entertainment Sept. 4 said it has begun releasing the latest seasons of some of its most popular current series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, just prior to their fall 2013 broadcast premieres.
The packaged media releases, which began streeting Aug. 20 and run through Sept. 24, are designed to allow fans of CBS programming to catch up and/or collect recent seasons. Disc releases range from “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI,” “Criminal Minds” and “Hawaii Five-O,” to “The Good Wife” and “Blue Bloods,” to newer hit “Elementary.”
The boxed sets come with exclusive special features, newly produced and only available as part of these season collections.
Special features in NCIS: The Complete Tenth Season DVD ($64.99) include Actor Rocky Carroll (NCIS director Leon Vance) discovering what it’s like to be part of a real life investigation agency as he travels to Washington, D.C., and interviews the real NCIS director Mark D. Clookie in “Mr. Carroll Goes to Washington.”
The DVD collection features all 24 episodes as well as deleted scenes, audio commentaries and a variety of featurettes, including a special look back at the past 10 years with the show’s cast and crew.
In the special featurette, “Un4gettable: Season Four of NCIS: Los Angeles,” the cast and executive producers Shane Brennan and R. Scott Gemmill look back at the fourth season and discuss character arcs, team dynamics and memorable storylines along with what they enjoyed about this season.
Headlined by Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, the six-disc DVD collection boasts exclusive special features, including interviews with cast and crew, and an inside look at O’Donnell’s directorial debut on the episode “Wanted.”
The Good Wife: The Fourth Season DVD ($64.99) includes behind-the-scenes interviews with Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth, and the featurette “The Ties That Bind” that provides fans with unique insight on the complex relationship between Alicia and Peter Florrick.
The fourth season collection of the drama also features fascinating interviews with the series creators, writers and cast.
In the newly produced featurette for “Elementary,” “In Liu of Watson,” Lucy Liu describes her character’s evolution throughout the first season and the challenges she faces playing the role.
The DVD collection ($55.98) also includes interviews with the series creator and executive producer, a tour of the set with Liu, a look back at the first season with the cast and crew and a five-part Web series.
Jeanne Tripplehorn, a new series regular in Criminal Minds: The Eighth Season ($64.99), discusses her role as Dr. Alex Blake in the exclusive featurette, “Alex and Jeanne.”
Another highlight is a newly produced featurette, “A Profiler’s Handbook,” which outlines some of the most twisted psychological symptoms ever featured on the series.
Blue Bloods: The Third Season DVD ($64.99) includes featurette “Dinner With The Reagans,” showcasing what kind of appetite it takes for star Donnie Wahlberg to have when filming one of the most popular episode elements of “Blue Bloods”: the dinner scene.
The newest DVD collection of the multi-generational drama starring Tom Selleck comes packed with an inside look at the third season, an exclusive set tour and a gag reel.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — The Thirteenth Season DVD ($69.99) includes special featurette, “A Tale of Two CSIs,” in which “CSI:NY’s” Gary Sinise and “CSI’s” Ted Danson recount their experience shooting the crossover episode “In Vino Veritas.”
The new collection also features multiple exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast interviews and commentaries.
Hawaii Five-O — The Third Season Blu-ray Disc ($72.99) and DVD ($64.99) features the cast members Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan barely containing their lines in the collection’s gag reel.
It also includes exclusive footage such as deleted scenes, a featurette on the popularity of the show worldwide, alternate endings to the explosive episode “Kapu,” and a special look at transforming the show from script to screen.